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eBay Executive Warns of Privacy “Clash”

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

January 31, 2013

John Donahoe, chief executive of eBay, has said Internet companies must be proactive in protecting user privacy to avoid increased government regulation, The Economic Times reports. “There’s going to be, at some point in the next few years, a trigger point,” he said. “It’s going to be necessary for us to have some national dialogue on privacy so we don’t have a clash point and they overregulate and slow down innovation.” Donahoe added that eBay does not share user information, “but I think there are huge opportunities to use data, to personalize the experience, and if you choose to share with others, it can make the experience even better.”
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